A long time coming

It has been a long time coming.

Since the late 70s and the printed toy catalogues you used to get at Christmas time, I always wanted one of these:

Yet again, the Lesney artwork drew me closer to the set, but I knew I was never going to get one – it was just too expensive at the time.

Roll on 30-odd years, and I have now got this off eBay for the princely sum of £80. It may be a lot for a 30 year old Scalextric, but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and just get one. Even if you are paying premium prices for it.

Most sets that have been on eBay are in piss poor condition, but I know that this one should be in good nick.

The seller gives the following description below and I have to say I am rather excited about getting this out and putting it together:

MATCHBOX POWERTRACK 
RACE
&
CHASE
LIGHTED CARS THAT “U” TURN!!!
READY TO RACE
FULLY RESTORED
FANTASTIC BOXED SET
TOTALLY RESTORED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM 
ALL NEW GENUINE MATCHBOX PARTS
COMPLETELY REFURBISHED TRACK
SLOTZ PARTZ HAVE BUILT OUR EXCELLENT REPUTATION BY RESTORING THESE AMAZING SETS BACK TO THEIR FORMER GLORY
BUY WITH CONFIDENCE!
  • THIS SET NEEDS NO WORK WHATSOEVER 
  • LITERALLY AS NEW – SET IT UP AND AWAY YOU GO
  • NO PARTS TO HUNT FOR – NO CARS TO SET UP
  • MECHANICALLY AS NEW!
 LIGHTED CORVETTE AND
LIGHTED POLICE CAR
BOTH CARS HAVE FULLY REBUILT CHASSIS
NEW FRONT WHEELS AND AXLES
NEW REAR WHEELS AND AXLES
NEW REAR SILICON TYRES
NEW PICKUPS & SPRINGS
FULLY SERVICED MOTORS
NEW LIGHTBULBS
CARS ARE MECHANICALLY AS NEW!
  
14 FEET OF TRACK
COMPLETELY REFURBISHED AND CLEANED
ALL DAMAGED TRACK REPLACED
ALL TRACK FULLY TESTED
POWERPACK & HANDCONTROLLERS
FULLY TESTED POWERPACK INCLUDING VOLTAGE CHECK
FULLY TESTED HAND CONTROLLERS
ACCESSORIES AND PAPERWORK
“TILT JUMP” TRACK PIECE WITH ALL BRASS TRACK CONNECTORS PRESENT
FULL SET OF BRIDGE TRESTLES 
FULL SET OF COMPLETE TRACK APRONS AND END TABS
 FULL INSTRUCTIONS & PAPERWORK
BOX AND PACKAGING 
BOX LID IS IN VERY GOOD CONDITION HAS HAD VERY LIGHT REPAIRS
BASE IS IN GOOD CONDITION – HAS HAD VERY LIGHT REPAIRS
MECHANICALLY THIS SET AS GOOD AS NEW!
THIS SET IS
READY TO RACE! 
RACE AND CHASE SETS WERE HIGHLY REGARDED IN THEIR HEYDAY, U-TURNING, LIGHTED CARS, FANTASTIC RACING, WICKED HANDLING AND THE WONDERFUL “TILT JUMP” JUST TO ADD A FINAL TWIST TO THE MIX
I HAVE 2 OF THESE IN MY OWN COLLECTION, ONE SEALED AND ONE OPEN WHICH GETS REGULAR USE – IF YOU’VE NEVER TRIED ONE BEFORE YOU ARE IN FOR A REAL TREAT, OR IF YOU USED TO HAVE ONE YOU WILL KNOW HOW BRILLIANT AND ADDICTIVE THESE SETS ARE – MARVELOUS!
THIS SET IS 100% COMPLETE IN EVERYWAY
LIKE ALL OF OUR RESTORED SETS WHETHER THEY BE IDEAL TCR OR MATCHBOX POWERTRACK THESE SETS ARE FANTASTIC VALUE AND ARE IDEAL FOR ANYONE WANTING TO ENJOY WHAT THESE FANTASTIC SETS ARE ALL ABOUT.
 WHETHER YOU ARE A COLLECTOR OR SOMEONE NEW WANTING TO EXPERIENCE THE SHEAR BRILLIANCE OF THESE SETS FOR THE FIRST TIME
THE AMOUNT OF WORK AND TIME THAT IS PUT INTO RESTORING THESE SETS IS INCREDIBLE, FOR US ITS A GENUINE LABOUR OF LOVE, ENSURING THAT YOU RECEIVE A SET TO BE PROUD OF THAT WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH HOURS OF ENJOYMENT
A TYPICAL SET CAN TAKE A DAY OR MORE TO FULLY RESTORE!
WE USE ONLY ORIGINAL MATCHBOX PARTS EXCEPT WHERE STATED
THE SET CONTENTS ARE IN BETTER THAN NEW CONDITION, WHILST THE PACKAGING IS ONLY USED PROVIDED IT IS ALSO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES WE CAN’T ALWAYS CONTROL THIS
WHEN YOU RECIEVE YOUR SET, JUST SET IT UP AND AWAY YOU GO, NO BROKEN TRACK, NO MISSING PARTS, NO FAULTY POWERPACKS, NO FAULTY HAND CONTROLLERS
FANTASTIC ADDITION TO ANY MATCHBOX POWERTRACK COLLECTION
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